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Tis one of those shows where phil is dropping bombs all over the place he hits some deep bass notes in jackstraw wich is one of my favorite versions and big river also smokes big time.i also love the show exatley one month before 10/25/79 both of these shows are quite wonderful to the ears.
Very nice show. Another grate remaster by Charlie. When I think of 79 I call 12-28-79 a grate five star show. I guess I'll call this one a four based on that.
Subject: early brent
This show stands out to the listener very clearly as one of the first Brent shows. His voice is so fresh and high that there are moments when he really sounds like Donna. They are clearly trying to get the vocal haromies worked out. Brent comes on strong and drowns out the instruments sometimes. Jerry does sound a little lost. I don't think this was due to Drunkedness, but probably more about not knowing quite where and when to come in. Luckily Bob has no problem taking the bold lead. Truckin is a good example of this touchiness. It is also a good example of Brents musical talent to blast in the organ quite nicely so early on in his career. The 01 is really delightful, without too much jamming, but the confidence needed to break on through. I really enjoyed the shakedown->bertha... but the killer this show isssss
Big River, yes thats right, Big River. Jerry skillfully applies the flame to the fuel at just the right moment to take you out into space at 10 Gs... nothing left to do, but pull your underwear back out your crack jack. Hot show!
Subject: I also recorded this show myself but ...!
Even though it was probably the best sound they ever had at U.C.L.A. and consequently my best recording, since a soundboard came out I eventually taped over it with the board!
I too liked the "Stella Blue", but I liked others versions better for example, the one I recorded at Winterland '78, (mine doesn't cut like the board), Denver McNichol's, (since it rained at Red Rocks), this year or San Francisco Orpheum '76.
I vote this as one of the best "Shakedown Street"->"Bertha" with the revolving accent on a chosen beat! The whole show is fairly good just like the San Diego shows before it.
I love Bobby's ad-lib lyrics on Sailor-Saint. He was the master of forgetting lyrics and yet nobody was the wiser.
Haven't even made it all the way through this show, but my ears love what they've heard so far. Great recording with a nice full sound; always love CM's transfers.
I will say that Jerry seemed off in his own world at the end of the Shakedown, just kinda noodling. But it still has that groove, thanks to Phil.
The Other One is sick and almost caused me to get into an accident while driving.
Get this one! Not sure about this version but the CM transfer up on Lossless Legs sounds great!
Subject: My First Show
I've had this show for quite a while but I figured I'd finally chime in with a review.
I went with two buddies and none of us knew much about the Dead. I saw the Grateful Dead movie a couple of months earlier; it was my inaugural Trip and knew I had to see them live. We kept saying "Where's the chick" and "who's that keyboard player with all the hair?"
After the opening, I was hooked. Highlights include the Shakedown -> Bertha and the really nice Stella Blue. Too bad the boys stopped jamming out of Stella Blue a few years later. That was always a nice groove for Jerry to shine.
Great show, a hidden gem IMHO, excellent sound too. 4+ stars
Subject: Enjoyable and fun show
The boys pick up the energy tonight and pull out an interesting setlist as well. I enjoyed this show, and so will you. Virtually every performance is strong, although nothing stuck out as a "best of." Solid 4 star show
Subject: Jerry "not" on the ball?
More like one of those insane Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan 50+ performances! Wilt Chamberlain, baby.
Subject: Get it together boys
Wow! One of you says Jerry's in the zone, another says he's off, high on something... Well, golly, I don't know what to think, other than, as with almost every other show I've heard, IT WAS AWESOME!!! Dudes, if you like the dead, you gotta stop smokin crack. Just like them. This show is a four, cause we save 5 stars for the Ark.
Subject: Dissenting View
I want to start by saying that this recording sounds fabulous. It is a pleasantly balanced mix with nice instrument separation, crisp fidelity, and brilliantly spliced-in second source sections where the primary source didn't exist. 5 star sound!
The playing during this show is difficult to sum up in just a few words. The band plays with good energy and intent on just about everything, with Bob and Phil delivering notable performances. I'd say that most of the band is firing on all cylinders with the notable exception of Garcia. To my ears Jerry just isn't on the ball throughout this show. His voice is very weary and he frequently goofs the lyrics. His guitar playing is sub par as well. His phrasing is off, he plays lots of sour notes and he's generally not as together as the other members. If I had to guess I'd say he was a little too high on something. I mean, it doesn't sound like he's got a cold or is similarly uninspired because there are moments when he is clearly enjoying performing. His playing during this show reminds me of other guitar players I know when they are drunk.
That out of the way I'd say that the highlights are Jack Straw, Ten Jed, Sailor>Saint, Deal, Shakedown and TOO. I think the Bertha out of Shakedown was a cool idea and gets props for spontaneity but the execution wasn't terribly impressive.
As I said in the title of the review I have a dissenting view of this show! No offense meant if you love it or what not.
Subject: Jerry was on this night!
What a smoker! Jerry was in the zone all night. Absolutely incredible Lost Sailor > Saint, one of the best IMO. I can go on with almost every song in the 1st set, just outrageous! Download and keep while you can get this one.
And tyvm CM for the sweet mix and fantastic patches. Nice timing on Bertha, seemless.
Thank you for all your efforts! This show was worth it for sure, and it is appreciated. Another tasty treat coveted....mmmm
Ox Fall Down -
Subject: Charlie Miller for President
I wish you could sort by CM as well as by date, band, etc.
Let Phil Drop The Bombs -
"The Other One" is one of the phinest - this mix has a great phil presence. Thank you CM, you are the man indeed. Long live the archive.
L. Rosley -
Subject: Nice first set
The first set and the second are about equal in this show. Deal is great. Second set has some nice parts, but is not a 5 overall. Jerry seems to run out of ideas at the end of Shakedown. There's a good Other One, as far as the Other Ones go for this era. Truckin' and Stella are also highlights.
capn doubledose -
Subject: Monster does not cover this
This as alot of the energy of Stanley Theatre another favorite. Everything is hot (and long) trust me.
Matty Kid -
This show is rippin straight from the start. Great sound and energy
The Shakedown will make you groove and the Bertha is absolutely outstanding.
Subject: Monster start
Seeing as though Jack Straw is no question one of my top 3 favorite songs, this quickly became a version I kept playing over and over. Anytime a show kicks off like this, it usually means we're in for a treat. D/L it first to see what I mean, then get the rest of it!!
The Bertha did have a cut, but it seems it has been patched. Badass show. esp. the Shakedown > bertha and the he's gone > other one..smokin'
Subject: T-Jed/ B-River
Good overall show, outstanding sound quality.
Phenomemal Tennessee Jed and an incendiary Big River are big time versions that deserve a listen...
that's all...beep beep
this one gets 5 stars, if only for the amazing sbd...
The Other One meltdown is worth at least five stars by itself. Craziness.
Subject: where's jack ?
listening to show now....quality sounds great again....but i have tenn jedd listed as d1t2 and d1t3 ? d1t1 is the intro-tuning....where is jack straw ?
Subject: This IS the C. Miller version!
Deep Space -
Subject: Charlie Miller
has just uploaded a perfect copy of this show with no hiss. Sick sound for a sick show. To bad more '79 shows don;t sound like the CM version.
Get it !!
Subject: You Must have 2nd Set.
Smokin' show from start to finish....! Second set has the most going on though...
A little hiss, but this is the best you are going to find of this show for now.
The Shakedown/Bertha is rediculous and Jerry and Brent get really funky during the Shakedown!
Craig B in SF